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Pray for the faith of the Magdalene
Meditative Lessons on the Glorious Mysteries
In the third part of Chapter 10: Faith conquers Fear we see today Our Lady's meditation in which she urges her little ones to foster the faith, simplicity and humility of Mary Magdalen who, next to her Divine Son's beloved disciple Saint John, exhibited the greatest faith. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart after Pentecost 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the Glorious Mysteries. For part three of Chapter 10, click on "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Today is the Third Wednesday of Easter and the feast of Saint Anselm, Bishop, Religious and Doctor of the Church while tomorrow we continue Paschaltide with the Third Thusday of Easter. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignette on St. Anselm, click on DAILY LITURGY.
THE DAILY WORD
"I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."
John 6: 35
- The Seventh installment of our new on-going abridged series 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER
- Part four of Chapter 10: Faith conquers Fear in the Meditative Lessons of "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
- A layman's perspective on the Church today in Pat Ludwa's column VIEW FROM THE PEW
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on April 22nd.
- Messages 489 and 490 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- DAILY LITURGY for Easter Weekday for Thursday and Friday, plus Friday's feasts of Saint George and Saint Adalbert, martyrs.
- Words of wisdom from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Daily Dose of Church tidbits laid out on the CATHOLIC CANVAS
- ...and much more in our 79th issue for 1999!
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The hierarchy of the Church takes form during the first century under Peter's four able successors
We continue today with the abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. Today we bring you part three of The Embryo Years with the early Popes during the first century with tomorrow's installment covering the second century. For Installment six, click on BARQUE OF PETER
Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI has proved Thomas Wolfe wrong. You can go home again as Chicago opens its arms to their native son.
Today we feature our forty-sixth red hat in alphabetical order. He is the 62 year-old Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago who is one of the rising stars in the Church, not only America but also universally for he has also served as Vicar General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate worldwide. For more on this Chicago-born cardinal appointed by Pope John Paul II in the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
April Apologues linking the Lifeline to Heaven as Food for Thought Appeteasers
Following up on our editorial yesterday on the most powerful weapon we have and in promoting the worthwhile WORLD WIDE ROSARY CRUSADE SITE we bring you today a special poem on this vital link that Our Lady has promised will bind satan: the Holy Rosary. This special, inspiring poetry, written in simple, childlike verse to reach all God's children, was submitted by Catholic Dispatch. For this Appeteasers entitled The Lifeline to Heaven, click on APRIL APOLOGUES: FOOD FOR THOUGHT APPETEASERS
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today we present the Opening Prayer for the feast of Saint Anselm:
Father, You called St. Anselm to study and teach the sublime truths You have revealed. Let Your gift of faith come to the aid of our understanding and open our hearts to Your truth.
SIMPLY SHEEN: The mirror must be true
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
"We need to see the self as it really is, and not as we pretend it is. We must love Truth more than we love self; we must be willing to surrender all our unguessed faults, if we are ever to be able to see the Truth as it is."
Events Today in Church History
On this date in 1073, Pope Alexander II died after serving the Church for twelve years as the 156th successor of Peter. It is interesting that this holy man died on this date for the Church remembers it as the feast of Saint Anselm, esteemed bishop and Doctor of the Church who was appointed by Alexander, his uncle. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
My plan for a little army must be an army of love and mercy, united by the Holy Spirit.
Those words come from the Blessed Virgin Mary on the feast of the Apostles Saint Philip and Saint James on May 3, 1994 as imparted to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #488 in which Our Lady laments that there is so much division when she needs unity through commitment to her Divine Spouse the Holy Spirit in order to marshall the forces of Mary's Little Army to combat the wiles of satan as dedicated members of the Church Militant in the Communion of Saints. Our Lady prefaces this message a day earlier with the same theme, calling for her little ones to reconcile and stop the bickering and jealousies and use her special month of May to turn over a new leaf and prepare for the glorious feast of Pentecost so that, like the Apostles, we, too, will be infused by the Sanctifier. For Messages #487 and #488, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Armenia could be added to Pope's list of former communistic countries to visit
First it was Romania, then the Ukraine, now it's possible that the Holy Father might visit the former Soviet Union Republic of Armenia. That was the word out of Yereva, Armenia yesterday when the president of Armenia and Armenian Apostolic Catholicos Geregin I jointly made the startling announcement that His Holiness would make a papal visit there this July, even though there has been no official announcement by the Holy See. Despite this, optimism is running high that the Pope will because he himself has expressed a strong desire to visit the former communist countries that made up the USSR. For more, click on Armenian Papal Visit.
Russian Patriarch teams with Serb Orthodox Patriarch and Belgrade's Catholic Bishop to condemn NATO bombing and call upon Serbs to extend charity to refugees
In a show of unity for peace at St. Sava's Orthodox Cathedral in Belgrade yesterday, the Russian Patriarch Aleksei II, Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Pavle and Belgrade's Catholic Bishop Franco Perko all echoed the Holy Father's plea for peace, all condemning the NATO bombing and immediate reversal of any ethnic cleansing by extending the olive branch and help to the Albanian refugees of Kosovo. In attendance was the Serbian Prime Minister and members of the Serbian parliament but Serb despot Slobodan Milosevic was conspicuous by his absence. For more, click on Peace refrains from Belgrade.
Cardinals in Philadelphia and Mexico focus on peace at home and abroad
From Philadelphia to Mexico City the cry has gone out for peace and an end to violence. From the city of Brotherly Love, the Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua has called for all his flock to pray for peace and taken up a special collection through May 10 to help the Kosovo refugees. In Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Carrera Rivera kicked off a week of emphasizing that peace begins at home, focusing on prayer and cutting down on family violence in order to be more loving people according to God's laws. For more, click on Peace pleas at home and abroad.
Catholic church burned on Sulawesi Island in revenge motive for explosion in Indonesia's largest mosque
Tensions intensified in Indonesia over the weekend when 600 angry Moslims retaliated against Catholics for the supposed bombing of their country's largest mosque by torching a Catholic church on the Island of Sulawesi. The president of Indonesia had urged the Moslem people not to retaliate for the bombing of the mosque but insurgents took matters into their own hands. For more, see Inferno in Indonesia
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Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church
With the announcement that the Pope might possibly visit Armenia in July, we provide some information on the Armenian rite. Its liturgy possesses elements from the Byzantine, Jerusalem and Syriac rites and dates back to the 5th century. In medieval time some of the Latin traditions and liturgical practices were adapted, but the official liturgical language remains classic Armenian. It combines the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic Churches called the Armenian Catholic Church as a member of the Eastern Churches in union with Rome. There are two dioceses in Syria, one in Argentina, Egypty, France, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Romania, Turkey, the United States and the Ukraine as well, of course, as Armenia. In the U.S. and Canada it is called the Apostolic Exarchate with the see in New York City with 35,000 members in both nations combined. The country of Armenia itself has 3.7% of the populations who claim they are Armenian Catholics. Diplomatic relations with the Vatican were established with Armenia on May 23, 1992 after the collapse of the USSR. The Patriarch is Jean Pierre XVIII Kasparian. For more on Armenia we recommend New Advent Catholic Supersite. (source: 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor).
March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
Dear children! I call you to prayer with the heart. In a special way, little children, I call you to pray for conversion of sinners, for those who pierce my heart and the heart of my Son Jesus with the sword of hatred and daily blasphemies. Let us pray, little children, for all those who do not desire to come to know the love of God, even though they are in the Church. Let us pray that they convert, so that the Church may resurrect in love. Only with love and prayer, little children, can you live this time which is given to you for conversion. Place God in the first place, then the risen Jesus will become your friend. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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